Vegan Caliente

two vegans, one kitchen

Drinking your greens September 30, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk — Kala @ 12:14 pm


I’ve been avoiding trying any of the green drink recipes that have been floating around blogland for a while because I thought they would be deadly nasty.  But it turns out I was scared for no reason!  I used this recipe from Cake Maker to the Stars and it’s great.  I left out the kale because we didn’t have any and I used soy milk instead of almond because I never drink almond milk and didn’t want to buy some just for this.  So if you haven’t tried a green drink yet, go for it, you really can’t taste the greens – just the fruit!





Spicy White Bean Dip September 24, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — Kala @ 11:26 am


I’ve been totally into eating raw carrots lately so I wanted to experiment with some different veggie friendly dips.  Today I came up with something very simple and delicious that’s also really healthy!


Spicy White Bean Dip


  • 1 – 16 oz can of navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed (I don’t take the seeds out but you can if you want a lot less spice)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • a few grinds of fresh pepper


  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.  Garnish with some choice sprigs of cilantro and serve with raw veggies of your choice. 





Field Trip: Farmer’s Market September 20, 2008

Filed under: Field Trip — Kala @ 5:22 pm


Today’s adventure was an early morning (well, early for me) trip to the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market.  I’ve been wanting to go for quite a while but Shane rarely has a weekend day off and when he does we don’t always want to wake up super early.  But the call of cheap and lovely veggies was too strong today and we finally made it out there.  There were purty flowers:




Peppers galore:



More random veggies:



Cute little melons that we didn’t try but should have:




Here’s Shane making some sort of important decision:


And me smiling like a dork:



It was fun little adventure and we came home with a ton of veggies for very little money.  We got little baskets of jalapenos, poblanos, cucumbers, and some green onion and bell peppers as well.




Cinnamon-raisin Breakfast Couscous: A work in progress. September 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — veganshane @ 12:45 pm

Kala and I gave each other a challenge to produce 10 recipes over the  month of September.  Today’s contribution was cinnamon-raisin couscous for breakfast.  It was a combo of wholegrain couscous, maple syrup, cinnamon, brown sugar, and well raisins of course.

It was good but not great, the challenge is controlling the sweetness and the need for a few more flavors and textures.  Kala suggested some gooey cooked apples on top, I think that would be a good addition as well.

–Shane                                          Photos: Kala


Lazy Breakfast – Tofu Pocket September 17, 2008

Filed under: Reviews — Kala @ 12:26 pm


Mmmmm, food in pocket form!  The pocket in question is Amy’s Tofu Scramble in a Pocket.  They were on sale at Whole Foods so we decided to get a couple for breakfast.  These little pockets are a longtime favorite around this apartment because they’re so quick and yummy.  And they go great with chili sauce!



For a convenience food, this one isn’t too bad for you, it’s full of tofu and veggies and not too many calories or grams of fat.  If you haven’t tried one of these before, go out and grab one, they make great emergency food when there’s no time to cook or you have no real food in the house.  Not that stuff like that ever happens around here… 





READER QUESTION: What popcorn do you like? September 12, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk — veganshane @ 12:52 pm

Well here is the scoop: our favorite brand of popcorn, Hanel Popcorn  is no more.  The sons of the owner did not wish to carry on with the business and so no more tasty popcorn for us. We are now in search of a new popping corn, and you can help! Leave us a comment about your preferred popcorn, maybe a URL?



Ian’s Pizza = Lame September 9, 2008

Filed under: Reviews — Kala @ 8:20 pm


Tonight’s dinner came courtesy of the frozen foods isle of Whole Foods.  It came down to the vegan buffalo wings that we knew were good to the mystery of the vegan french bread pizza.  Boy did we make the wrong choice!  Well, maybe not, because now we know to never ever buy this again.  The pizza in question is Ian’s wheat free, gluten free, vegan french bread pizza with soy cheese.  For just under $6 you get 2 little pizzas on pale french bread with a bit of soy cheese and tomato sauce.  The tomato sauce is bland and peels off like a sheet which was kind of weird and a bit creepy.   The cheese is just the kind of stuff that gives vegan “cheese” a bad name, it’s dry and doesn’t even come close to melting.  And it tastes kind of icky.  But other than that, it’s great!  





Herbed Crackers and Chipotle Hummus September 4, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk — Kala @ 6:02 pm


Since it was a little cold and gray today (not that I’m complaining) I decided to fire up the oven and try a new recipe.  I played around a bit and came up with these olive oil herbed crackers.  And of course I had to make some hummus to go with them!  Chipotle Hummus:



Very yummy and a little spicy too.  I’ll definately be making these again and I’ll post the the recipe when I do!





Athena – Goddess of Yummy Pizza September 3, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk — Kala @ 9:26 pm


Tonight was one of those nights when neither of us wanted to cook and we were both super hungry.  So it was Pizza Luce to the rescue! 



Oh Pizza Luce, provider of tasty vegan goodness, what would we do without you?  Tonight’s dinner was Pizza Athena, topped with kalamata olives, spinach, mock duck…all sorts of joy!  It’s probably my favorite pizza they have, but it’s been on the banned list here for a few months because we had a crazy amount of Athena around our wedding.  But it’s back on the happy list and tonight’s was an especially good one, they were very generous with the mocky ducky goodness.